Husky Tool Chest and Tool Cabinet Review

This is a type tool organizer that is found in garages to hold auto and home tools.  These are typically two separate units purchased separately and most often married into one push around tool organizing contraption.  A tool chest which typically has two hand holds on either end and can be carried around is placed upon a roll around cabinet that can be treated as a separate tool storage unit device.  The bottom cabinet typically has wheels allowing it to be moved around the garage at will.  Some cabinets come with a hand rail to more easily allow the cabinet to be grasped for movement.

Picture shows the top and bottom tool organizers.
Home Depot Display

Tool Chest Model: Husky 1000 937 536
26 inch 5 drawer.  Each drawer is held closed by some friction device until opened.  You can only open a drawer if the top lid is lifted.  The whole device can be locked with a key.
Heavy duty
$119.00

Tool Cabinet Model: Husky 1000 937 540
5 drawer.  Each drawer is held closed until opened.  The whole device can be locked with a key.
2 fixed wheels and 2 rotating wheels with ball bearings for wheel pivot.  The two pivot wheels have locks so the cabinet will not slide around the garage.
$179

Total cost for both units with liners was close to $300.
Liners cost extra.  3 thick liners each cost $12.97 = $38.91.  1 thin liner cost $6.97.

This is a “Limited Edition” which I was told by a sales person increases sales  but is nothing special other than the added logo.

This was a surprise birthday gift from my family.  I had been wanting to buy a tool organizer for years but just could not pull the trigger.  I had not yet done my typical Internet research to find out which brands were the best and which were the ones to stay away from.  When I first was given this gift I was torn.   I typically buy good to excellent quality and features which was taken away from me.   I was appreciative that I now had a tool organizer but was it any good?  I got the organizer late at night after a birthday dinner so I had the next day to go over to Home Depot, where the organizer was purchased and look it over.  It seemed smaller than what I think I needed but Internet reviews shared the view that this organizer was a reasonable size which is a good point.  Some tool organizers may require a crane to lift.  The Home Depot web site gave this organizer almost a perfect score (Home Depot owns Husky).  Some of the reviews seemed suspicious.  I got the impression that people with vested interests seemed to write some of the reviews.  Other reviews read more honest and also gave this organizer high score so I felt better about not starting an exchange for a different organizer.

My daughter and I opened the bottom cabinet and attached the wheels.  The wheels and mounting screws seemed impressive.  While I had the cabinet on its back and the wheels on, I oiled the two wheel pivot bearings.  We attached a handle bar that you can use to steer the device around.  There were no problems with this unit.  I did notice that each side of the cabinet end has its metal side ends sticking out a bit which is rather odd and looks cheap and stupid in my opinion.  A person could slide in an art board on any of the 3 sides with these metal wall hooks helping to keep the art board in place.

Cabinet walls have their ends bent out a bit to form a slight "J".
Cabinet bottom metal wall side end. Notice that the end of the metal plate is bent outward. This occurs top and bottom of each metal cabinet side.

 

By myself, I pulled the chest out of its box and put it upon the cabinet.  I noticed that the cabinet would rock.  The bottom was not level.  A front metal cabinet tab was incorrectly welded.

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Image is front bottom right corner. Notice the metal is not flush when welded. Notice the black pad I cut and placed upon the top of the cart just under the partial picture of the chest.

I then found that the whole left top side of the cabinet was bent inward.  I could not open the top lid.

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Rear view showing rear left side bent inward at the top.

 

The box that the chest was pulled from was pristine.  This tells me that the chest was defective when it was placed into the box.  I suspect that quality control is non existent or incompetent.  For this reason, that I do not think Huffy has adequate quality control.   I recommend that you purchase from a local Home Depot store and not the Internet unless you like to perform heavy item returns.   We found our local Home Depot was terrific for handing this return.  The second unit was perfect out of the box so my only next concern was drawer liners.

The drawers do not come with liners.  Most tools are metal.  The drawers are painted metal.  If you like to see that perfect painted drawer surface scratched up, omit the liners.   Husky sells rolls of liner material but I did not like it because the liner material has holes, allowing bad stuff to collect on the top of the metal drawer.  I want a continuous solid liner surface.  Here are my choices:

Tool Chest Liner: Con-Tact Brand Grip Premium Liner, 18 in x 4 ft, non adhesive, black.  Kittrich Corporation.  This is a thinner liner than what I put into the tool cabinet.  I figured smaller lighter tools requires a thinner drawer liner and I thought was a bit cheaper, but not.  It is easier to cut to size.  I did not like this liner because it had a noticeable chemical smell.

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Con-Tact Grip Premium Liner, non adhesive, 18 in x 4 ft, black.

Tool Cabinet Liner: Step Guard, Utility Matting, 27 in x 72 in, black, Multy Home, LP, is actually a floor mat with ridges on one side and a flat surface on the other.  I put the ridge side facing up.  I found this at Home Depot part of the store where they sell rugs.  I put one liner on the top of the tool cabinet so the tool chest places on top would not scratch the surface.  I then put this liner in each of the cabinet drawers and some of the chest drawers.  This liner is more expensive than Con-Tac Brand but seems way more rugged.  I did find out that each Step Guard roll end was not cut at a right angle.  I used a framing square and using the blue tape, made sure the end was at a ninety degree angle before making any more measurements and cuts.

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Multy Home, L.P., Step Guard, black, 27 in x 72 in.

I chose black liners so cutting it posed a problem for marking where my cuts should be.  My daughter came up with a terrific, near brilliant, solution.  She said to use the blue painters tape.  I used short pieces to mark where I needed to cut at each end of a liner and then used a long straight strip of tape and pressed it down so one edge of the tape was the cutting edge.  I then cut along the edge of the blue tape.  This worked perfectly.  I guess I should stop telling blond jokes (my daughter is blond).

Blue painters tape mark the drawer liner as to where the cuts are to be made.
A short single piece of tape marks at each end of the mat as to where the cuts should take place. Then a long piece of blue tape goes on top to mark where the scissors are to cut. The blue tape for me was the best method to mark my cuts.

 

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The most difficult liner to cut is for the top of the chest. The two front corners need to have some liner cut out as well as two slits to allow the liner to slide past the two rear top lid supports that help the lid from slamming down. Then there are two small cuts on the back side of the liner to clear the drawer lock device. The lock device is two vertical metal bars running behind each drawer, which is activated by the top lid. When the top lid is down, each drawer is locked.

 

Summary:  Finally, the tool organizer seems to be functional. The price is very reasonable.  The drawer liner purchase, cutting and fitting was a bit of a drag but I felt necessary.  Why should a birthday gift come with added work?  As for the device, I am not impressed with Husky.  One might think that sticking Home Depot to deal with defective merchandise is inexcusable but Husky is owned by Home Depot so boom on them.  They, Husky/Home Depot, failed for a list of reasons:

  • The first chest front bottom left metal tab was a production mistake.
  • The first chest top left side of the chest being bent was a glaring alleged production mistake and should not have been offered for sale.
  • The prior two errors should have been spotted and the device should have never been shipped.  My point here is this points to an alleged quality control problem.
  • Sticking the customer with detecting the defect and making a store return is inexcusable.

Husky would not be my choice because they allegedly seem to lack product pride and integrity.   Once I received undamaged tool organizers and put liners into them, the whole system seemed to be functional.  The one main plus, as stated before, is price.  These organizers are inexpensive.

 

Observations For Keeping A House Cool

The following list comes from my impressions of what I have tried and think works or not for keeping a house cool.  None of these views are based on exacting research.  This is just my casual observations and thus I can be incredibly wrong or not.  These are some ideas for you to consider.

Local Geography

I live near an ocean coast and thus the water temperature most of the year is much cooler than inland.  Further inland there is a desert and these two geographical bodies sort of come into conflict.  When the sun rises in the East, where the desert is for us, the desert earth warms up causing an updraft because heat raises from barren soil, very little vegetation.  The cooler air over the ocean moves across the land to make up for the rising air deeper inland but heats up the more it travels from ocean inland.  This local air movement is called an ocean breeze.  My house has south facing windows which face this breeze and this is a terrific solution for us to cool our house when the sun goes down.

Temperature Reading Location

I frequently check the outside temperature using thermometers mounted in shady spots, front and back of the house.  The back or north side of the house is enclosed by high cement block walls which stagnates the air a bit from the ocean breeze. The North side of the house also has a pool is almost always 5 degrees hotter than the South side because the water stores the heat for a long time.

I have noticed that the thermometers mounted just outside our north and south windows really are in error.  The pool and stagnate air around it due to the high walls makes for about a 5 degree increase in temperature.

The South side temperature gauge is also a bit wrong because the house and ground near the gauge radiates heat from soil and building.  The whole house acts like a stored heat source for quite some time.  We have a wide driveway on the South side of the house which really stores heat for a long time.  The point I am trying to make is to be aware of your surroundings when placing a temperature gauge and always keep it out of direct sun light.

I have discovered that I must walk more than 20 feet south of the house to gain a more realistic feel for how hot or cold the ambient outside temperature is.   The house and all the cement driveway, sidewalk, stone work planters and any standing water store heat.  The outside temperature is definitely hotter closer to my house.  This became apparent when I checked my cell phone to see if it was cool enough to open the South windows and allow the ocean breeze to flow into the house.  The cell phone weather applications would show for example 76 degrees but the temperature gauge would be close to 80.  When I walked away from my house, the ambient temperature seemed to more closely match the weather application on my cell phone.

Cell Phone and Computer Weather Applications

I am quite annoyed with my cell phone weather applications reporting accurate up to date temperature readings.  I use Yahoo Weather, AccuWeather and The Weather Channel cell phone applications.  Readings can differ between products by as much as 7 degrees.  Readings can lag real time by as much as 15 minutes.  This may depend upon how you set up your cell phone for how quickly it receives updates.  Most applications allow you to force a weather update.  I recommend that you use different methods and try to get a consensus.  I recommend at least two weather applications, look at your outside temperature gauges and you might even walk outside away from your house to “feel” the temperature as a final check.

Air Flow

A very, very, important factor to consider is air flow, direction and intensity.  Almost always our house has a flow from the southern direction and almost no air flow from the North. For this reason, we put fans into the North facing windows to bring the cool outside air into the house in rooms where we get no south to north air flow.  I discovered that rooms with only North facing windows seem to never change inside temperature.   I have to use window fans.  We do not need to put fans in the other half of the house because we have South facing window rooms and if we open the bedroom windows on the South and North side of the hose, the air from the South rooms will flow right through the North bedrooms.  If privacy is an issue and someone closes their bedroom door this whole airflow cycle stops and we resort to window fans.

A real annoying science fact that throws a lot of people off is that a breeze will feel cool but you should never use a breeze to decide when to open windows of a house.  Always depend upon a temperature gauge and not how cool the air feels.  Example: if you are outside and feel a cool breeze and then open the house windows you must realize that that cool air flow typically will not be felt inside the house.  The cooling effect takes place when you receive the breeze upon your body directly.  You may be letting in hot breezy air into a cooler house if you do not follow this advice.  It is way better to look at the outside thermometer first to “see” what the temperature actually is.  Try to use science.  If the thermometer shows a higher temperature outside than inside your house, just park yourself outside the house, in the shade, in a comfortable chair, to enjoy the apparent cooler air flow experience.

A nifty trick is to put a fan in a room to get the internal air to circulate.  We love to use the vertical fans that cycle back and forth.  The room will feel less stuffy and the air flow across your body will provide a cooling effect.

Temperature Difference

Another important factor to consider is temperature difference.  If the outside air is just a few degrees cooler than the inside of our house, I tend to not turn on fans to get that cooler air into the house.  I am way more willing to turn on a fan if the temperature difference is more significant.  By this, I mean that if the inside air temperature match, lets say at 77 degrees and I had the air conditioner on set for 77, I will turn the AC off but not open windows. The reason is outside air close to the coast is typically moist but air inside the house has had the moisture removed by the air conditioning process.  You may reason that there is no reason not to open the windows and shut the AC off at 77 but I think you would be wrong.  Instead, I coast what the AC provided by turning off the AC and keep the windows closed until the outside temperature drops a few degrees more, typically fifteen minutes to a half hour.  Reason?  Moist air will feel hotter.  If I open the windows too soon we feel hotter due to the rise in moisture.

 

Updated:  3-6-19 because AccuWeather link time out thus removed.